An Alabama suspect was accused of striking a Capitol officer with a flagpole Jan. 6, according to the Justice Department.
Gregory Lamar Nix, 52, is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, and other charges. He was taken into custody in Cleveland, Alabama. According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he appeared in court Wednesday in the Northern District of Alabama. It is not clear if Nix has a legal representative.
A criminal complaint said “the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation” who “minimized his/her own role in the events of January 6” did identify Nix as a person who had entered the Capitol unlawfully. The suspect, who was not named, claimed to have known Nix prior to Jan. 6.
This person’s identification as Nix aligned with other evidence including cellphone data that indicated Nix had been in the Capitol on January. 6.
The criminal complaint includes several photos that appear to show Nix inside and outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to the complaint, one photo shows Nix pointing his middle finger at the camera. It is a screenshot from surveillance footage.
Not long after, Nix is seen on video approaching U.S. Capitol Officers, who were standing guard at the East House doors, before attacking one with his flagpole. Officials said that this was not unusual. The criminal complaint stated that Nix tried seven times to attack the officer with the flagpole. The government stated that
Nix twice hit the officer, once on his head, and then threw the flagpole at the officer. According to investigators, the officer claimed that he woke up the next morning with a knot in his head.
According to the complaint, Nix attempted to break the East House’s glass panes with a black baton. The complaint stated that it wasn’t clear whether the baton was from officers who were “overrun” in the area or if it was Nix’s “personal baton.” Officials said that Nix was allowed to enter with the black baton after the doors were opened.
More than 675 people have been arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol breach, the Justice Department said. Over a third have been charged with hindering or assaulting law enforcement.
Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.